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Jersey Divorce and Civil Partnership Dissolution | Glossary

Divorce

Adjournment

Where a Family Court hearing is postponed to another day.

Ancillary Relief (Financial Orders)

Claims arising out of a divorce relating to financial provisions etc.

Child

A person under 18 years of age.

Clean Break

A term used when married partners settle their finances on the basis that neither will be able to make any further claim in respect of capital, assets or income by way of maintenance.

Co-Respondent

The person named in the divorce petition as the person with whom the Respondent has committed adultery.

Decree Absolute

This is the final Royal Court order which officially ends the marriage.

Decree Nisi

An initial Royal Court order confirming there are reasonable grounds for divorce. Please note the Decree Nisi does not dissolve the marriage.  The petitioner must apply for a Decree Absolute.

Final Hearing

The hearing at which the Court will make the final determination in relation to any application before it.

Form E

Colloquial term for the statement setting out financial information and documents in support within financial proceedings.

Lump Sum Order

In ancillary relief proceedings (financial remedy proceedings) an Order that one party to the marriage pay the other party a fixed sum of money in either one payment or by installments.

Maintenance

Child support or monies to be paid to another party / spouse and legally referred to as “periodical payments”.

Matrimonial Home

The family home where a husband and wife lived together when married.

Petition for divorce

The application to the court to end a marriage.

Petitioner (for Divorce)

The person applying for a divorce.

Respondent (of Divorce proceedings)

The person receiving the divorce petition from the Royal Court.

Civil Partnership Dissolution

Civil Partnership Certificate
This is the document that confirms you were legally in a civil partnership.

Final Order
This is the final Royal Court order which officially ends the civil partnership.

Conditional Order
An initial Royal Court order confirming there are reasonable grounds for dissolution. Please note the Conditional Order does not dissolve the civil partnership.  The Applicant must apply for a Final Order.

Cause Application
The application to the Royal Court to end a civil partnership. You must set out in this document all the particulars of your civil partnership, the grounds for dissolution, and the relief that you want.

Applicant 
The person applying for a civil partnership dissolution.

Respondent
The person receiving the civil partnership dissolution from the Royal Court.

Financial Provisions on Divorce

Ancillary Relief (Financial Orders)

Claims arising out of a divorce relating to financial provisions etc.

Form E

Colloquial term for the statement setting out financial information and documents in support within financial proceedings.

Lump Sum Order

In ancillary relief proceedings (financial remedy proceedings) an Order that one party to the marriage pay the other party a fixed sum of money in either one payment or by installments.

Maintenance

Child support or monies to be paid to another party / spouse and legally referred to as “periodical payments”.

Children

Child Abduction 

The unauthorised removal of a child from the care of a person with whom he or she normally lives.

Child

A person under 18 years of age.

Child Support Maintenance

The amount of maintenance the parent not living with their child must pay.

Contact Order

Order of the Royal Court which sets out the contact which a child is to have with a non-resident parent.

Guardian

A person appointed to look after the interests of a child

Hague Convention 

A convention to enforce rights of custody and prevent wrongful removal of children.

Parental Responsibility

All rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to a child and his/her property.

Notification

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